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By Archibald John Little, Alicia Little (editor)

ISBN-10: 0511709382

ISBN-13: 9780511709388

ISBN-10: 1108014097

ISBN-13: 9781108014090

Released posthumously in 1910, Archibald Little's memoir of his trip around the Yunnan Province in Southwest China was once one of many first accomplished money owed of the area to be released in English. Little, a talented linguist, labored as a service provider in China for over fifty years and spread out the higher Yangtze zone to steam-powered trade. He used to be popular for his intrepid travels into territories now not but explored through Westerners, and his list of this trip used to be initially released as a sequence of letters to the North China bring in. This ebook additionally includes Little's account of the development of the French Railway Line to Yunnan-Fu, which supplied a alternate direction from India to the higher Yangtze quarter. throughout Yunnan used to be accomplished and edited by way of Little's spouse after his loss of life in 1908. The publication encompasses a unique map of the realm and a number of other pictures.

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It would seem therefore that the romantic hollow bounded by this ridge is probably a " sink " on a grand scale, such as is common in limestone regions. The villagers also pointed out a dyke which runs through the plain and which they stated was the remains of an attempted canal to drain the marsh, begun by a late Fu-tai of the province, with intent to carry the water over and down the pass, but after spending some myriads of taels the work had been stopped for want of funds and so the plain remained the wild marsh we have described.

It was dark when we arrived at the small village of Wu-tsai or " Five stockades," where the usual odours were smothered in the sweet smell of burning peat which is here used for fuel and which, with the accompaniment of excellent potatoes for supper, completed the illusion of having suddenly reached the Emerald Isle. At this point a small BETWEEN TWO CAPITALS 33 clear stream, coming from the valley to the south, falls into a rock chasm on the west side of the plain, and is said to be the true source of the Ta-kuan or Lao-wa-t'an river, the stream reappearing again at the foot of the Arahat Pass.

Thence across a broken country, a very garden of limestone pinnacles, " island " hills, crags and serrated ridges, to the walled village of Ta-pan-ch'iao, situated in a small rich " haitse " of paddy-fields. The depression of Ta-pan-ch'iao is left by a long ascent through wooded country, leading up to a " ya-k'ou " or notch, from the summit of which our eyes were rejoiced with a glimpse of the famous Sea of Yunnan, our present destination, and the longedfor termination of our arduous journey. The view from the " notch " beyond Ta-panch'iao was very fine, another wide prospect of mountains with the thin silvery streak of the lake, here looking like a river, thrown in.

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